Children of Cain

A Study of Modern Traditional Witches
by Michael Howard

Children of Cain
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The mid-twentieth century witnessed the birth of popular occultism in the West, including an interest in witchcraft. At the forefront of popular witchcraft was Wicca, a recension of ceremonial magic and nature worship advanced by Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders, now widely regarded as a religion. However, lesser-known streams of the witch-current thrived the shadows, having older historical roots, and linked to an ancient body of practice – witch-bottles, knotted cord spells, curses, exorcisms, sexual magic, and charms ranging from the conjuration of angels to protection of livestock and hearth.

This was Traditional Witchcraft, whose origin in part lies with the sorcery of the cunning-folk of Britain and Colonial America. Though largely avoiding the popular occult limelight, from 1970 onward, elements of Traditional Witchcraft experienced a partial emergence into the public through such publications as Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft, the writings of Robert Cochrane and Evan John Jones, and Andrew Chumbley’s Azoëtia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft.

Based on over forty years of research and private collaboration with practitioners, Michael Howard’sChildren of Cain is the definitive history of Traditional Witchcraft and its key operatives in Britain and the United States. Supplemented with diverse photographs and illustrations, many appearing for the first time, the book artfully encompasses the unique legacy of Traditional Witchcraft - those who bear the Mark of the Exile as a sign of hidden power: the Children of Cain.


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4 reviews for Children of Cain

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pagan Dawn

    Michael Howard’s great skill lies in his ability to bring together so many disparate strands of a very secretive world and tie them into some cohesive form. Howard has been researching witchcraft for over 40 years. He knows his stuff and it shows.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia Phillips (Founder, Pan Pacific Pagan Alliance)

    Children of Cain is a breath of fresh air in a genre that too frequently sees rehashed, poorly researched material masquerading as ‘secrets’ of traditional

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Merry Meet magazine

    This is an important and scholarly work, covering the many and eclectic practices of the Traditional Craft, and providing for the first time an in-depth study of some of its more prominent adherents and their paths, both here and in the United States. Highly recommended.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr Ronald Hutton (Professor of History, University of Bristol)

    This is the best study yet written of a major set of modern British witchcraft traditions… enriched by many valuable personal insights, as well as a fair appraisal of the written sources.

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